Marilyn Shuler

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

As part of its inaugural Human Rights Week, the new Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative will teach how to mobilize a community against racism and social injustice.

Boise State Public Radio

Boise community activist Marilyn Shuler passed away this morning. She was 77.

Shuler is best remembered for a number of accomplishments. She led the Idaho Human Rights Commission for 20 years, from 1978 to 1998. Former Governor Cecil Andrus called her “(an) influence at the moral center of Idaho.”

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Marilyn Shuler is perhaps best known for her work as the director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission from 1978 to 1998.  She fought against the Aryan Nations and pushed for basic human rights in the Gem State. 

But what many people don’t know is that at the age of 10, Shuler was diagnosed with polio while she was living in Salem, Oregon.  She sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about how it felt growing up in the 1950s with the illness.